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ELECTRIC  AID EXCLUSIVE 

 

Europe’s uphill electric car journey runs into May

Europe’s rose-tinted May electric car story, when measured in percentage growth terms, clearly tells an upbeat tale. That’s chiefly because electric car registrations topped last year’s same month level by a quarter. May’s bounce brings the sector’s five months gain to an outwardly impressive 51.8 per cent. Impressive headway by any measure 

  > High Voltage March - Best month for electric car sales in Europe
 
> Golf dethrones LEAF as Europe’s top-selling electric car

 



IN THE CURRENT EDITION:


 

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STOCK MARKET VIEW

Smart Daimler orange AID NewsletterMercedes’ Smart subsidiary has stopped losing money

“We are not planning an SUV, but never say never” - Mercedes’ Smart subsidiary has stopped losing money, although it won’t say how much it is making 

  > Mercedes’ comeback still in full swing helped by rich mix and China
 
> Mercedes on track to relegate Audi into 3rd slot in global prestige car sales arena

 


 

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NEW TECHNOLOGY

New Techonology, Bosch Daimler self-parking Self-parking cars - Bosch and Daimler’s car2go pool know-how

The way technology has progressed, in the near future specially equipped cars will look on their own for vacant spaces in say a city parking garage and on request will return to the waiting driver all by themselves, using either a button on the car’s key-fob or a smartphone app 

  > AdBlue blows fresh life into diesels
 
> Diesel piston technology for latest diesel engines moves full circle

 


 

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NETHERLANDS  AID EXCLUSIVE 

Mercedes C-Class 350 e PHEV Netherlands sales volumePlug-ins capture 6.4% of Netherlands’ May car sales

In Europe’s largely bleak looking PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid) landscape, latest signs are that the Netherlands is showing some promise of becoming a regional hot spot for PHEVs, thus emulating to an extent the closely watched role now played by Norway as the unquestioned King player in the global market for pure electric cars 

  > In Europe hybrid car engine still lacks drive
 
> UK - Europe’s hybrid capital

 


 

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EDITORIAL  FULL ARTICLE 

Matthias Schmidt AID Newsletter Assistant Editor portraitBMW fears lashing from storm brewing in China 

"During a classical orchestra overture and the glitzy backdrop of laser lights focused on BMW’s all-new 7-Series, Harald Krüger patiently waited in the wings to make one of his first official appearances as BMW’s new Chief Executive. Either Mr. Krüger is blessed with a poker face, or, conceivably one of his data experts – unwilling to dampen the party spirit – didn’t dare show him China’s May premium car sales figures
Matthias Schmidt - Assistant Editor

 
> First speed bumps for China’s previously speeding luxury car bandwagon

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS

Honda HR-V plus Honda sales history Western EuropeIn Europe Honda is taking a battering

In every edition AID now pays close attention to the European failures and successes of one particular carmaker – this time it’s Honda’s turn... 

  > Ford of Europe fails to shake off crippling sales woes
 
> Hard-pressed PSA remains mere shadow of its former self

 


 

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NEW PRODUCT

New product evaulation test - BMW 2-Series Active TourerNot a Driving Machine – 1st FWD BMW aims for niche that is no longer hot

New Active Tourer, first BMW-badged car with front-wheel-drive, has been developed to do battle with same concept Mercedes B-Class and Volkswagen’s roomier family size Golf Sportsvan. UK prices for BMW’s first-ever People-Carrier start at £22,475 for the manual 136PS 3-cylinder petrol-fuelled 218i 

  > New Product | Moving on up - VW Passat
 
> All about the right product - Porsche

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE 

Jeep sales 2015 Western EuropeReborn Jeep brand already outsells both Lancia and Alfa Romeo brand in Europe

Good news is that May saw the 21st successive rise in West European car sales. The not-so-good news is that last month the market barely grew at all. AID’s non rose-tinted view is that May’s abrupt slowing in the market’s rate of advance to a mere 0.9 per cent could easily be attributable to two fewer working days in the month than in May last year 

  > Toyota, with last year’s 10.1% operating margin, outshines Europe’s old guard
 
> Nissan’s European streak continues, outsells Toyota in February

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE 

 

West European May car sales 2015West Europe’s May car sales grow at slowest pace in 18 months

Good news is that May saw the 21st successive rise in West European car sales. The not-so-good news is that last month the market barely grew at all. AID’s non rose-tinted view is that May’s abrupt slowing in the market’s rate of advance to a mere 0.9 per cent could easily be attributable to two fewer working days in the month than in May last year 

  > Italian consumers are back and buying
 
> Hard-pressed PSA remains mere shadow of its former self

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
> EUROPE CAR SALES  
 

>  By country May 2015 v May 2014
By country 5-months 2015 v 5-months 2014

> EUROPE CAR SALES  
 

By manufacturer and marque  May 2015 v May 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  5-months 2015 v 5-months 2014

> USA CAR SALES  
 

By manufacturer and marque  May 2015 v May 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  5-months 2015 v 5-months 2014

> EUROPE IN-DEPTH REPORT ::HONDA::  
 

In depth look into Honda's West European sales performance

 

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